Motorist blocking traffic Harbor Drive
Officers stand sentry around the car of motorist on Harbor Drive who blocked traffic early Thursday. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

Police had to shut down part of Harbor Drive Thursday before they could detain a motorist who stopped her car and blocked traffic at a busy downtown intersection.

The closure, in the westbound lanes of W. Harbor at Front Street, caused traffic tangles that filtered onto nearby streets during the morning commute, according to OnScene.TV.

Harbor Police arrived at 6:30 a.m. to find a woman parked in the No. 2 traffic lane on the westbound side near Market Street, smiling, singing and screaming at times and refusing to acknowledge officers.

When they tried to get her to open the car doors, she refused. Fearing she was a danger to herself or others, responding officers parked their patrol vehicles in front and behind the compact SUV to prevent her from leaving.

After approximately two hours, as officers prepared to force entry, the motorist suddenly rolled down her windows. The officers then forcibly removed her from the vehicle to take her into custody.

They sent the woman, who had blood on her clothing, to UC San Diego Medical Center for evaluation.

The San Diego Humane Society took in a small dog the woman had with her.

Officers re-opened Harbor Drive after 9 a.m.